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Pittsburgh, February 5, 2009 — Since its inception in 2004 at La Roche College, the annual Global Problems, Global Solutions conference has been focusing on promoting awareness of important global issues, and this year will be no exception. The Sixth Annual Conference will take place on Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland and will celebrate human rights in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights.

According to Paul Le Blanc, Ph.D., dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at La Roche and one of the conference’s founders, this year’s event will be filled with speakers, panels and workshops that will appeal to many different age levels.

The conference opens on Friday at 7 p.m., with the internationally acclaimed play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ariel Dorfman, “Speak Power to Truth.” Based on interviews with more than 50 activists from around the world, the play was originally presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 2000.

Saturday’s events begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m. and include two keynote speakers: Ellen Dorsey, executive director of the Wallace Global Fund and former president of the board of Amnesty USA, and Micheline Ishay, professor and director of the International Human Rights Program at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

A number of workshops also will take place throughout the day on Saturday and will include such topics as: Student Activism, Race and Class, War and Peace, Women’s Rights, Oppression of Minorities, International Health and more.

La Roche College and Carnegie Mellon will be joined by the following program sponsors: Brothers’ Brother Foundation, Carlow University, Citizens for Global Solutions, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is suggested. To learn more about the conference, including a full list of presentations and workshops, and/or to register, log onto

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